Jennifer Aniston’s Sleek New $21 Million House in Bel Air

by hookedonhouses on January 26, 2012

Gotta say I was kind of disappointed to see the new house Jennifer Aniston just bought in Bel Air, California. It’s a little “chilly” for me, and if I had $21 million to spend, this is probably not what I’d spend it on.

However, if you like contemporary design as much as she apparently does, you might love this 8,500 square-foot house, which was designed in 1965 by A. Quincy Jones. Take a look!



The house originally went on the market for $29 million in 2008.

There are lots of great floor-to-ceiling windows:

A long covered balcony off the second floor:

According to Yahoo! Real Estate, the house comes with “more than three acres of land, views of the city and ocean, a pool, a guesthouse, a wine cellar, and—last but certainly not least—a vineyard. Let’s not forget to look inside: those distinctly mid century-feeling interiors boasts gleaming wood floors, full-wall expanses of glass, and some pretty stunning fireplace detail.”

Jen seems to love real estate. Last May it was reported that she bought 2 apartments in NYC.

TMZ has all the photos if you want to see more. A gossip blog suggested that Jennifer bought this house so she and her boyfriend Justin Theroux could start a family here. It doesn’t really scream “family home” to me, though.

I preferred the more modest house she was renting in the Hollywood Hills:

It looked so much cozier to me. (You can see the rest of that house here.) But maybe she has plans to revamp this new place the way she did her former Beverly Hills home known as Ohana:

Here’s hoping she lets a magazine like Architectural Digest show us around after she gets settled in. I’d love to see what she does with the place, wouldn’t you? (Thanks to Kim for help with this one!)

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Janice January 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

I too hope we get to see what she does with the place. She’ll warm it up a bit, I am sure. As warm as these mid century homes can ever feel, that is.

A.Men January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Sterile. Deep freeze cold.

Mandy January 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

I agree, I like the one she was renting better. The new one is too modern for me and cold.

bermudaonion (Kathy) January 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

I like the old place better too – this one’s too stark for me.

jodi from new jersey January 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

Wow! I didn’t realize she had so much money. That’s big bucks. I’m with you though, Julia . It’s pretty, but it has nothing to do with “home”, as far as I’m concerned. I ‘d prefer the rental also, or the “Stepmom” house, if we’re dreaming… . Different strokes for different folks. Thanks for the post.

Margot January 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Jodi! Where have you been? “Didn’t realize she had so much money”? The last couple of seasons of “Friends” she was making a very refreshing $1 million an episode! Yes, she has money. Lots and lots and lots of money. And I don’t like the house either. Looks like some kind of institution from the outside and the inside isn’t much better. I thought the whole reason for selling the house she remodeled was to “downsize.” I guess downsizing is a different concept if you can live in Bel Air and have boatloads of money…

larry February 1, 2012 at 1:51 am

She got more than 100 millions dollars

The Swanky Socialite January 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

Ugh, definitely do not like this house at all. Loved the one she was renting and even though I am not a fan of contemporary design, I absolutely LOVED her house in Beverly Hills and still oogle over the photos that were in Architectural Digest!

Lou Rabin June 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Who cares. She’s hot

Janet January 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

This is my favorite type of architecture, so I love it. The home itself is beautiful. I do like the decor, but it is not nearly as high end as it should be for this caliber of home. Great post Julia. ;)

Melissa April 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I love this type of architecture either! The house is perfect for me!!! I can expect to see very expensive art and furniture added here!!! I can definetely feel like home!

Amer in Illinois January 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

This house doesn’t jive with her personality at all. It seems cold and unwelcoming and she seems so down to earth and friendly. Maybe I’m just biased because I don’t like this style of home. I would much prefer the cozier rental. Oh well, it’s fun to look! :)

modernemama January 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

Love the architecture of the house but the interior design is very generic especially the bedroom. I’m sure it will be decorated tastefully and in keeping with the style of the house before she moves it

Amber in Illinois January 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

^That’s Amber, not Amer… (too early in the morning!!) ;)

Lisa January 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

I would much prefer the Hollywood Hills home myself. There’s just something about rustic wood floors and ceiling beams that makes my heart sing…but hey, if I had any of those houses I’d be a-okay! ;) I’m a fan of Jenn’s. No matter where she is I just hope she finds love and has the family she’s wanted for so long.
Team Aniston!
Lisa

Laura January 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

Reminds me a lot of one of the houses used in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo!

Laura Lawrence April 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Not me !

Sarah @ housecrazy January 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

I agree that her new house seems a little sparse as it appears in the photos. But with all that natural light and beautiful views, I’m sure there’s things she can do to warm it up. Her rental seems more indicative of her fun personality. I’d love to see her new house when she’s done decorating!!

Black Eyed Susans Kitchen January 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

It is very Architectural Digest! Maybe she is planning to do some work on it…a diamond in the (very pale and white) rough!

Amy @ The Button Casa January 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

I love the wide open space and wood floors. I doubt that she’ll leave it the way it is but I also can’t imagine that home looking as cozy and warm as her former rental. It will be interesting to see what she does.

Tricia January 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

I’d love to see the “after” pics, once she’s had time to personalize the space. Because right now it’s pretty heinous. So harsh & uninviting.

Karena January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

I would have to add a lot of fabulous art and extra furniture. Too many cavernous, cold spaces. It could be wonderful though!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Suzanne January 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

Yikes for $21 million, one would think the new owner wouldn’t need to do any work to it! This is just so very, very blah and there is nothing warm & comforting about this house at all.

Molly @thewaffler January 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

I so agree with you, especially with all of that white furniture. I wouldn’t say no to the outside space, though!

Katherine @ Grass Stains January 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

The only thing I like about it is the view. So I’d buy it for the view, then have to tear it down to the foundation and start over!

Linda @ My Crafty Home Life January 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

It’s like my freind, Grace, always says…”if that seller did not know how to do a cartwheel..they should learn!”

BungalowBILL January 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

Love the simplicity of the house. Would make a perfect backdrop for a collection of art or pottery. Look how those red Bauer pots pop.

Ann January 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

I’ll reserve judgment until she decorates it (like anyone cares what I think!) but right now it looks like a motel.

Terri @Travel50StateswithKids January 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Not my style either. I’d like to see what she does with it.

Julie B January 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I bet the location is amazing, but too mod and bland for my taste. But, in its defense, I assume these pics were probably taken either before the house went on the market, or to stage it for selling, so that’s probably why it’s so impersonal. The other homes pictured that she lived in really did look warmer. Like other people have said, she will add her own touch and hopefully share some after-pics!

Jessica January 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I’ll be interested to see what she does with it as well because the decor in there currently is not as great as it could be (I think). Maybe the rooms are so massive it makes all the furniture look tiny:)

Christina from Dallas January 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

For sure she is going to renovate. She did a lot of work to her other house. I don’t think she would be happy to buy a house”off the rack”.

innerjuju January 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

If you were posting photos to sell your $21 million home, wouldn’t you clean the crap off your bedside tables and pick the junk up off the floor of your bedroom???

hookedonhouses January 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Yup.

Wendy January 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

That house makes me….Zzzzzzzzzz…

Wendy January 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

Sorry, fell asleep that house was so boring. What I was going to say was I’d hire a gardener to cut the grass too.

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I agree! I hope she warms it up a bit. I loved her rental too, Julia. :)

cathi January 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I’d prefer her cozy rental any day of the week, that is definitely my style. The house she just bought does seem extremely sterile. Here’s hoping to she adds a homey warmth to it.

OKMrazor January 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Looks like a blank slate to me.

Gotta think a strong decorator could make it sing. Add that to some well-considered architectural enhancements and that could be amazing.

Hailing from New England, I’ve always leaned toward the traditional and used to scoff at houses like this… Stark and cold, right? Then I was lucky enough to visit one beauty like this sitting high above Beverly Hills. All those windows with the lights of LA dancing beneath you… it’s really amazing. Warm. Vibrant.

Definitely wouldn’t have guessed.

NJ Cellulose Insulation Contractor January 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Yeah her old home was definitely nicer.

Kim January 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I hate to say this, but I’ve seen bachelor pads that look better than this house. Not my style or type of house at all. I’ll take her rental over this any day.

cherylK January 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I totally LOVE her rental house but I also love contemporary architecture and that new one could be fabulous with the right decor. I’m thinking it’ll be lots cozier once she gets it all decorated.

Jillian Nicole January 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I totally agree–loved her home in the Hollywood Hills SO much more!

Karen January 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Yikes, I agree. The rental looks so much more inviting and cozy, especially for kids (down the line). Oh well, to each his own where “home” is concerned, right?
Karen

belledame January 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

i think when you’re stalked by paparrazi like that a huge home is the way to go. you can’t get away from them so you have to have a lot of private space for when it’s not worth going out and dealing with them.

Rosie January 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Feels like living in the public library.

Laura Lawrence April 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Yeah, or all the charm of a shopping mall.
If it was me I would want a cozy cottage
by the sea so Justin could easily find me !
Stay here and..
It could take all day to find your mate
for receation, and by then you would be
too tired !
I hope they fill it to the brim with
warm soft, inviting stuff.
Plants, oranges, yellows..
and just panoramic..
Go Jenny go, you are the greatest.
Love Justin too ! YOU WON !

Arie @ The Ugly Barn Farm January 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I wish I could find just one thing to like about this house. I really don’t see how that house can be helped out of it’s frigid appearance, there is only so much one can do with mid modern, unless one wants to get serious with remodeling.
Her rental seemed so much more cozy, warm, modest, and inviting.
Maybe she will do something spectacular with it.

StuccoHouse January 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Love the house. Love the decor.

Melinda January 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I think it looks cold and sterile in the photos but I’m betting some artwork and those fabulous views will warm it right up. And hey, how can you go wrong with your own vineyard?

LMF January 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Justin Theroux will forever be the guy who was a bit too quick on Sex and the City. I hope she does a redo more like the BH house. It really doesn’t look like anything special in the first photo. But the floor to ceiling windows throughout are pretty amazing.

judy fink January 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

brrrrrrrrr!

Dean January 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Love the house–hate the way it’s decorated. With different (vintage) furnishings it could shine.

pve January 27, 2012 at 3:59 am

love it. love the light and the open floor plan and jennifer will no doubt create an oasis.
I think the light is great.
pve

Linda@limeinthe coconut January 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

WAAY prefer her last house over this. This kinda leaves me cold. Lucky she didn’t invite me over.

Marie January 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

I think this might be my favorite house yet! Jen is obviously interested in modern architecture and has a great eye for it. I love the simplicity, if only the price tag reflected that! But I’m sure the price is so high because of the view, 3 acres, and vineyard.

Jane January 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

There is a reason why contemporary homes can be a tough sell for the average buyer and Aniston’s home is a perfect example. People simply can’t imagine living there, keeping the floors clean, the house immaculate. It doesn’t feel like “home” except perhaps to those who grew up in absolute clutter and want the complete opposite.

I do appreciate Aniston’s home as a akin to a piece of art but the home has no personality, no clue (as far as I can tell) about who lives here. And so many white or light colored rugs! With a possible baby on the way?

Suzanne Stephens January 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I LOVE her new contemporary home!

RachelSD January 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Wow, that’s a really sad-looking house at any price. What is up with the low ceilings, doctor’s office furniture, and weird wall placements? I can only assume, based on these and other photos I’ve seen of the property, that she is going to majorly renovate on this otherwise nice piece of land (the on-site vines, views, etc. are nice). Looking forward to seeing what she does with it… those are going to be some “before”s and “after”s.

Jean January 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I cannot imagine children in that house at. all.

Talia January 31, 2012 at 9:01 am

Not for me. It feels very sterile, crisp and cool. No thanks.

tammy February 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

It’s look like computer or electronic small company. Jenifer Aniston bad taste

nieman February 1, 2012 at 1:47 am

Bad decoration. She should throw away all of these furnitures then buy new one. Over price and the house look cheap

Christina February 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

I don’t like this either.. What the heck does she have against comfort, approachable, something that looks lived in? These homes she chooses look cold, uncomfortable, museum looking.. awful. No, No, NO!! again she has chosen something that I can promise she won’t spend two years in. This is awful! So many homes to choose from with a much better look..what’s with all the sharp, hard edges. It’s so unlike what I thought her personality was like.. It’s cold and uninviting… I hate it. Simple. I hate it.. It won’t last ..watch. She’ll have it on the market before you know it. I hate Courteney Cox’s taste in homes as well. All those homes in Malibu she bought and I’m telling you, they were awful. The decor terrible, the homes uninviting, all bad taste.. What’s up with these people with a ton to spend on any and everything their heart desires and they have such lousy taste? Who the heck wants to live in a museum!! YUCK!!

Jayne February 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

I love modern architecture but I’m not crazy about this example (sorry Mr A. Quincy Jones). Photos 1 – 3 look like hotel lobbies, the dining room is very odd proportions – long and narrow, with a view out onto …what? Whatever it is, the room looks sterile, shaded and cold. The bedroom is actually too big (bedrooms that are too big are not welcoming to settle down in).
Each to his own but it wouldn’t be *my* choice of modern architecture. The trouble is that in owning a building like this, by such a well-known architect, I feel is in some ways similar to owning, say, a fine old Georgian building. There is a responsibility to leave them largely as originally built. I don’t doubt that she loves it and will leave it pretty much as is.

Mr. wayne Covington Sr. February 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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Lynn March 1, 2012 at 6:35 am

Everyone’s entitled to their opinions of course, but I so disagree with most of the comments on this amazing house. Sure, all the furniture should go out on the curb but that’s an amazing work of art! The light alone (especially in that part of the country), and the way it will change throughout the day, is better than any interior decorating one could do. And as for cozy…well, when I look at what people around the country call “cozy” (I’m a HGTV addict), all I see is clutter, clutter, clutter. I pray she doesn’t “cozy” up this amazing space. From what I remember of interviews done when she was married to Pitt, they both had pretty advanced architectural IQs so there’s hope. Just because there’s not a lot of stuff in a room doesn’t mean it has to be cold, from a mid-century modern perspective. After all, Jonathan Adler is a midcentury modernist and his work is anything but cold.

Melissa April 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Agreed!

Sydney March 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hi, I am emailing to inform you about the latest A. Quincy Jones residence to come on the market. Below is the information along with a link to pictures for your use if you would like. Please feel free to reach out for any more information on the home or listing agents.

Thank you,
Sydney

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Helen Beal March 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

It’s beautiful. Jennifer it’s so you. So California. Wish it were me.

Susan @ Afford Your Passions April 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for sharing – I definitely prefer the house she had in the Hollywood Hills – it’s more my style, and definitely more feminine.

Gentry August 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

jennifer is into contemporary I saw pics of her home she shared with Brad. So I doubt she changes much if any. I was surprised though she looks like she would like a safe flowery traditional home

GregoryMarzec December 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm

It looks kinda cold !

anonymous December 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Easy pickings

sharris March 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

Jennifer… Great find. She is blessed with excellent eye for real estate along with all her many other admirable qualities.

Laura Lawrence April 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I really do think she is up for the challenge,
being an Aquarius and stuff and him a
Leo. She may have ideas you and I never
think about ,altho I am Aquarius as well..lol

Laura Lawrence April 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Just think , she could fill this house up with treasures
she has picked from all over the world.!

Rhonda July 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Beautiful views! What money can buy! :-)

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